Category Archives: Employment

Flexible working – Arup explore the seven-day week

From Arup’s website: “Arup, the employee-owned global engineering and design firm, has today announced it is adopting an innovative hybrid model – known as Work Unbound – that will give its 15,500 employees, known as members, greater flexibility in deciding … Continue reading

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What is happening to self-employment in the UK

The tl;dr answer is that it’s too early to tell. As mentioned previously here, there’s a lot of job-switching going on, and there is a generally tight labour market in the UK (and globally, though the UK has the added spice … Continue reading

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There’s a lot of job-switching going on

Following on from two posts here this morning about inflation/pay, and the tight labour market, here’s a third on the trinity of issues that are creating a fair wind for union-type demands at the moment. Sarah O’Connor in the FT … Continue reading

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Got a pay claim coming up? Want advice on inflation, and stuff like that?

If you have a pay claim coming up and want advice on inflation, and stuff like that…. good luck! Firstly, the official, current inflation figures have not been as flimsy a guide as they are at the moment for a … Continue reading

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“The tightest labour market in modern times”

This Twitter thread (below) is really worth a careful read for everyone who wants to understand the current state of the labour market. Firstly, the fears about mass redundancies at the end of furlough are just not materialising – if … Continue reading

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VAT gradually returning to normal rates

Since July 2020, there has been a reduced rate of VAT (5%, and not the normal 20%) charged on transactions in the leisure and hospitality sectors (which includes theatres and live events – a list of who it applies to … Continue reading

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Positive working environment “will lead to dramatic benefits for employers, employees, and the bottom line.”

Those bug-eyed Marxist fanatics over at the Harvard Business Review are making the case against aggressive management practices again: “…a large and growing body of research on positive organizational psychology demonstrates that not only is a cut-throat environment harmful to … Continue reading

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Right to request flexible working to become a ‘day one right’?

The BBC are reporting that the right to request flexible working (currently something that employees have a statutory right to request after six months) can be requested on day one – when they start a new job. Employers would also … Continue reading

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Arts, entertainment and recreation 18.8% below its pre-covid levels

The ONS monthly estimate for July shows that the UKs Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by only 0.1% in July and is still 2.1% below its pre-pandemic level. Most of the growth was in production output (up 1.2%) while construction … Continue reading

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Continuous working week, shift work, working from home… some links.

From the FT [£]: “The decline of the “9 to 5” has been under way for decades. In 2010-11, 20 per cent of employees in the US worked more than half their hours outside the standard hours of 6am to … Continue reading

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Freelancers – ‘the canary in the coalmine’

From earlier this year, a useful roundup from The Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (NESTA) of the policy issues governments need to bear in mind when thinking about creative freelancers. Their understanding of Creative Freelancers is as follows: The … Continue reading

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Labour shortages and productivity

Will labour shortages have a positive impact on the economy? I’d argue that they will as employers will stop building business models based on sweating unproductive low-skilled workers and instead on tech innovation. Martin Sandbu [£] agrees. But what is … Continue reading

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Post-pandemic working foregrounds poor management and outdated hierarchies

A couple of  pieces from the FT recently highlighting the spotlight that has fallen on the quality of management in the UK. The first one [£] takes ministers to task for their (possibly unfounded, or even downright wrong) complaints about … Continue reading

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Labour shortages increase potential industrial muscle for workers

Today’s FT is full of news about how labour shortages are hitting the economy in numerous ways as a result of multiple market failures [£] which includes the pandemic, the pingdemic, market failure but obviously, we can’t add brexit to … Continue reading

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Jobs growth fueling interest rate changes?

Useful info in here [£] about the current state of the jobs market. How the hot UK labour market is driving interest rate forecasts https://t.co/xIehn9Av73 — Financial Times (@FT) August 11, 2021

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Creative industries employment statistics

More stats reports (two in one day!!) …. the Creative Industries Council publishes information on employment in the creative sectors. This, published in March 2021, says… “With an estimated 2,040,000 jobs – 75 per cent of them outside London – … Continue reading

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Economic insight into the UK creative industries

On the 21st July, the Creative Industries Federation (a membership body which represents, champions and supports the UK’s creative industries) published a report commissioned from Oxford Economics entitled ‘Developing economic insight into the creative industries’. As this is an economic … Continue reading

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Lower pay in the performing arts

One of the biggest factors adversely affecting diversity in the cultural sector is low pay at the entry level – effectively excluding entrants on lower incomes. 🎭Those in the performing and creative arts face the lowest salaries after graduating. 📉They … Continue reading

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BBC & Channel 4’s contribution to the UK economy

Channel 4 recently published a study by Ernst and Young of the Gross Value Added (GVA) to the UK economy [pdf]  from their activity. This report focuses on the contribution to the Nations and Regions of the UK and concludes … Continue reading

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TUC insecure work report

The TUC have published a special edition of their Jobs and Recovery monitor,and this time it’s focussed on Insecure Work [PDF]. From the exec summary… The coronavirus pandemic has exposed the reality of insecure work in the UK. Care workers, … Continue reading

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What the Wilson era can teach us.

Welcome to an era when a stronger welfare state was seen as a pre-condition for economic dynamism. When a robust social infrastructure helped workers take risk. New piece by me on why Harold Wilson’s forgotten agenda is relevant to the … Continue reading

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“For most people, becoming self-employed is a bad idea.”

So said Danny Blanchflower (the economist, not the footballer) back in 2011. “…there is also little evidence that countries with higher self-employment rates are more successful on any outcome measure. The problem with self-employment is that failure rates are high … Continue reading

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Is IR35 having a significant impact on self-employment?

More from The Resolution Foundation – two posts in one day! Rick has noticed a pronounced change. Lots to chew on in @resfoundation Labour Market Outlook. Overall employment rate down but an increase in full-time employees. Male self-employment seems to … Continue reading

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Low-paid most likely to be unemployed when furlough ends.

Low-paid workers face the highest risk of losing their jobs when the UK government’s furlough scheme ends in September, according to analysis by the Resolution Foundation.

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Immigration and wages

In a 2017 post, Chris gives a very good tour of economic orthodoxy’s view on the question “does immigration depress wages?” (TLDR: Chris says no)

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Gig economy growth in the finance sector?

Gig economy workers to nab 20 per cent of financial services jobs In the next three to five years so-called ‘gig workers’ will become increasingly common at #finserv firms, more than half of #financialservices firms have said https://t.co/WinX4xeG9v #gigeconomy #gigeconomy … Continue reading

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Pact industry census 2020

The Pact industry census, carried out by Oliver & Ohlbaum, for 2020 is here. The highlights are that…. UK primary commissions (largely UK programmes commissioned by UK broadcasters for UK audiences) are stable/steadily growing (up about 25% over the past … Continue reading

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OECD says UK economy recovery will be stronger than previously predicted

The OECD is predicting UK growth of 7.2% in 2021 and 5.5% in 2022 – “the fastest since World War II”. However, it also predicts…

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Biden’s aim: “We want the — the companies to compete to attract workers“

President Biden’s approach is one that many trades unionists may not have even dared to hope for, This, combined with news about a surgin in capital investment to boost productivity, is starting to make it look like all of the … Continue reading

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Economy headlines for May 2021

Unemployment has fallen slightly and job vacancies risen to their highest level during the pandemic, according to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Inflation has doubled, with CPI rising by 1.5% in the twelve months to April (up … Continue reading

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